Animal Abuse Register: Why Does Britain Need it?
As we are all aware, 8 June 2017 is the general election in the United Kingdom, which left the UK with a minority led Conservative government. For the Conservative government to be able govern they have entered into a Confidence and Supply agreement with the DUP. The DUP is, from our understanding, supporters of the animal abuse register in Northern Ireland.
So what is the the Animal Abuse Register? In its most simplest terms, it is an opportunity to stop animal cruelty by providing longer sentences and it is an opportunity to stop animal cruelty by tracking those who abuse animal through the register. It is a way of making animal cruelty more costly and riskier for those who chose to abuse animals. Form another perspective, it is a way of protecting society by removing those from society who abuse animals and ensuring they are not able to work with those who are the least likely to report abuse. It is a way of saying no to bullying and abuse.
Attached to this link is a brief guide about the animal abuse register. It briefly explains what the register is and briefly explains why it is needed. Other articles on this site provides a more detailed discussion and links to more in-depth information, including cost / benefit analysis about the register and political parties supporting the register. It is a great time to get our voices heard regarding the need for the animal abuse register and it is a great time to make the political parties aware of the need for one.
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Can You Spare 5 Minutes? 30 Ideas for Supporting the Animal Abuse Register
Change does not instantly happen. Instead change is slow, sometimes with set-backs, other times there are delays and for change to occur it requires support. Over the last 18 months we have seen change slowly happen and an animal abuse register is quite possible, though not guaranteed. Currently we have over a half-million voices that have signed the petition calling for an animal abuse register in the UK. The more interest people take in helping the more likely the register can become a reality. To you, it may not seem possible that one person can make a difference but from what I have seen, I believe we all have the power to make a difference. Below is a list of 25 things you can do today to make a difference and contribute in helping us deliver the animal abuse register. Finally I encourage you to periodically check back because I may add to it or make changes.
1. Write your MP supporting the animal abuse register.
2. Write your MP advising Animal Welfare Act 2006 advising Animal Welfare Act 2006 does not provide long enough sentencing for those who abuse animals
3. Write your MP about the link between animal cruelty and if the individual is not stopped, the potential for them to commit more serious crimes.
4. Write DEFRA supporting animal abuse register
5. Write DEFRA advising Animal Welfare Act 2006 does not provide long enough sentencing for those who abuse animals.
6. Write our PM supporting the animal abuse register
7. Write our PM advising Animal Welfare Act 2006 does not provide long enough sentencing for those who abuse animals
8. Write our PM about the link between animal cruelty and if the individual is not stopped, the potential for them to commit more serious crimes.
9. Write the editor of your local paper supporting animal abuse register
10. Write the editor of your local paper advising Animal Welfare Act 2006 does not provide long enough sentencing for those who abuse animals
11. Write the editor of your local paper about the link between animal cruelty and if the individual is not stopped, the potential for them to commit more serious crimes.
12. Attend a surgery of your local MP by discussing supporting the register
13. Attend a surgery of your local MP to discuss the link between animal cruelty and if the individual is not stopped, the potential for them to commit more serious crimes.
14. Sign the petition calling for an animal abuse register
15. Tweet about the need for animal abuse register, include @MaxineBerry40
16. Tweet about the need to rewrite the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to include longer sentencing, include @MaxineBerry40
17. Tweet about the link between animal cruelty and if the individual is not stopped, the potential for them to commit more serious crimes, include @MaxineBerry40
18. If you are a member of a political party promote the idea of having an animal abuse register
19. If you are a member of a political party promote the idea Animal Welfare Act 2006 needs to include longer sentences for those who abuse animals.
20. If you are a member of a political party promote the need for register because those who abuse animal are more likely to commit more serious crimes if not stopped.
21. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of branded items for sale to help promote the call for an animal abuse register.
22. Contribute to our cause calling for an animal abuse register by clicking on Donate button on this site.
23. Visit our Facebook page for information
24. Become involved in your local community regarding the care and treatment of animals
25. Volunteer time at your local animal shelter.
26. Attend a town-hall meeting ask candidates about their support for the animal abuse register
27. Ask a candidate about their support for the animal register
28. Write the news stations asking why they are not asking candidates about supporting the register
29. Write the news stations asking why they are not leaders of political parties about their support for the register.
30. Ask a candidate if they support tougher sentencing for those who abuse animals
10 Things you do not know about the animal abuse register
1) Will the animal abuse register outlaw religious ritual slaughter? No. The animal abuse register will operate within current laws and only place those convicted of violating an identified law on the register. Even if a future government bans religious slaughter, Kosher and Hallah, for example, Maxine and Brian will not advocate those who slaughter animals for religious purpose are placed on the register. Why? To begin with, the register is not about promoting a promoting a political ideology nor is about changing religious practices. Neither Maxine or Brian are familiar enough with Hallah slaughter to comment but knows something about the Jewish slaughter. The Jewish tradition for slaughtering animals, sometimes called shechita, has strict criteria that respects the animal and takes the animal’s welfare into consideration. For the slaughter to be considered Kosher certain conditions must be met, including looking after the welfare of the animal before slaughter and performing the slaughter in the way to bring about immediate death thereby sparing pain. If the conditions are not met, then animal is not considered Kosher. This means for a Kosher slaughter to occur the welfare of the animal must be considered and be done in a way that is that is painless. Finally, religion has a place and to use the register to ban religious ritual slaughter of animals goes against the purpose of the register.
2) Does promoting the register means you are advocating vegetarianism or veganism? No. We respect individual choices and do not believe the register should go beyond its intended purpose of supporting the current legislative framework nor should it be used to promote an ideology.
3) Will fox hunting be outlawed? Our vision for the register is based on the law in Tennessee and under the law animals that are considered wild and killed are not included. Thus, now, we do not foresee fox hunting being covered by the register.
4) What will the register accomplish? It is our vision an animal abuse register will help to reduce crimes against animals and people. Animals cannot speak for themselves and needs a guardian to speak for them and a register gives animals their voice. Moreover, some who abuse animals will abuse or kill people. This does not mean everyone who abuses an animal will become a murder. Nonetheless, a register can identify those at risk for more violent crimes by providing the necessary support for them and their families. Therefore, the register will be a way of creating a safer and more secure Britain.
5) What will be considered an animal for the register? Under the Green Party policy, the definition of animal is any animal covered by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 sections 1 – 2 and does not include invertebrate animals. Nonetheless, whilst we accept Green Party definition, our vision is based on the Tennessee model whereby the definition of animal is subdivided into four categories: wild animal, animal, livestock, and service animal. Whereby, sentencing and length on the register is based on the classification of the animal.
6) Do you only support rehabilitation of those convicted of animal cruelty? Rehabilitation has a role, especially with juvenile offenders. Currently we are not fully convinced rehabilitation is the only answer and believe longer sentencing with rehabilitation is the answer.
7) Will juveniles be placed on the register? Our vision, especially for juveniles under the age of 13 years old, we would advocate intervention of social service and the courts to support the family instead of placing a juvenile that young on the register. However, for a juvenile that is at least 13 years old we would support placing a juvenile on the register. Our reasoning, animal cruelty can be a gateway for more heinous crimes. The register provides a tool to track the individual and provide support needed to stop the individual from committing further crimes.
8) Will everyone convicted of a crime against an animal be on the register for a lifetime? For most people convicted of an animal crime will come off the register and only a few, we anticipate will remain on the register for a lifetime.
9) Why does Britain need an animal abuse register? Animals are not able to speak for themselves and as their guardians, it is our duty to protect them. Enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, is severely underfunded and in 2016 there was a 43% drop in animal cruelty conviction from 2014. Even if someone is convicted, under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the maximum sentence is six months. In answer to the question, animal abuse register provides a mechanism to track those who are convicted of animal abuse and provides a funding mechanism for further prosecution. Finally, the register will provide tougher sentences and provide support for those who are convicted.
10) Why is the Tennessee model the best? It is the model that has been around the longest and it is the model that is done on a wide scale. It is our belief, people in the UK focus too much on the public listing of names and photos of those convicted. Instead of focusing on the legislation. For Maxine and Brian, it is the legislation and not the public naming of individuals that makes the Tennessee model an ideal model.
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Over half-million signatures exist on the Justice for Chunky petition calling for an Animal Abuse Register. Barely a day goes by when print media does not cover a story of an animal abuse. Politicians and the media are discussing. It is something that will, someday, become law because it impacts us all. What is the animal abuse register? How do you become involved? In the coming days and months these questions will be answered. As we build and add to this site there will be chances for you to input to us about your views. If you are unsure what the register is about and how it might impact you, watch the below video containing clips regarding the discussion of the animal abuse register by the Green Party. It will answer some of your questions but if you want more information then please visit our Facebook site. Finally if you have not already signed the petition, please sign it and keep updated on our progress.
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